Goethe (1749–1832)
Goethe (1749–1832)
Goethe (1749–1832)
Goethe (1749–1832)
Goethe (1749–1832)
Goethe (1749–1832)

Image credit: Royal Academy of Arts

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This sculpture was created as part of the facade for Burlington Gardens, designed by Sir James Pennethorne to house the offices of the University of London. The university was consulted on the identity of the statuary, with proposals put forward in March 1868. The senate named 22 figures of its choice and the Conservative First Commissioner of Works, Lord John Manners accepted the proposals. The building was opened by Queen Victoria on 11th May 1870.

The statue of Goethe is situated on the east wing balustrade, one of a group of six 'illustrious foreigners'.

Royal Academy of Arts



Goethe (1749–1832)




Portland limestone

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front of lower column: GOETHE


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